Plus, FIRST makes an appearance in NYT, Ryan's World, and a NYC Park! 
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Registration is Open!

Class Pack and Team registration is open for the FIRST® DIVESM presented by Qualcomm season.  

The 2024-2025 season’s ocean theme challenges students to be curious and creative problem-solvers as they work together to develop bold technological innovations and powerful solutions to support aquatic life and further discovery under the sea.  

Register through the FIRST® Dashboard* >>

*If you are a FIRST® LEGO® League or FIRST® Tech Challenge team or Class Pack customer outside North America, contact your local partner for registration details.

The New York Times: Industries Fortify STEM Workforce by Investing in Youth Robotics

The success of many businesses depends on strengthening the STEM workforce pipeline. Participation in FIRST not only helps build knowledgeable and skilled individuals who are workforce-ready, it equips them with the confidence needed to successfully secure and contribute meaningfully to professional roles. 

Read more via The New York Times about how businesses are investing and engaging with FIRST programs to prepare the next generation of STEM leaders >> 

FIRST is on Ryan's World!

FIRST friend Darrion Nyugen (aka Doctor Ion on the wildly popular children's entertainment YouTube Channel Ryan’s World) visited the 2023 FIRST Championship last year and captured every second of the STEM and robotics excitement for the world to see.  

Watch the Ryan's World video >>  

FIRST Photos in New York City Photography Festival

Last year, photographer and NPR contributor Mark Leong took awesome photographs of FIRST Robotics Competition teams for an NPR article on the high school sport of robotics.  

Some of the photos from the story, and some that didn’t end up in the article, are being featured in the Photoville Festival at New York City’s Hudson Yards June 1-16, 2024.  

For those in the NYC area, Photoville’s annual, city-wide open air photography festival will be open to the public.

Check out Mark’s feature on FIRST on the Photoville Festival site >>  

Leaving a Legacy with FIRST

It is never too early to plan for the people and causes you care about. FIRST is now accepting Legacy Gifts to ensure that we can inspire the next generation of science and technology leaders for decades to come. Check out and download our free and easy-to-use estate planning guide.

Planned gifts are a flexible and tax-effective way to ensure the causes you care about, like FIRST, will benefit from your generosity forever. 

Pledge your legacy gift today >>
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